The Owl's Head

Bars , Wine bars Bay Ridge
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 (Photograph: Sean Ellingson)
Photograph: Sean Ellingson
The Owl Heads
 (Photograph: Sean Ellingson)
Photograph: Sean Ellingson
The Owl Heads
 (Photograph: Sean Ellingson)
Photograph: Sean Ellingson
The Owl Heads

This rustic Bay Ridge wine bar—outfitted with exposed brick, a tin ceiling and chalkboard-menu wall—focuses on lesser-known varietals, small-production vineyards and local wineries, like Bridgehampton's Channing Daughters and Brooklyn Oenology. Sip your glass at the maple bar and nibble on small plates, including D. Coluccio charcuterie, Stinky Bklyn cheeses and panini, like one made with smoked chorizo, aged Manchego and chestnut puree on an Il Fornetto ciabatta.

Venue name: The Owl's Head
Address: 479 74th St
Cross street: between Fourth and Fifth Aves
Opening hours: Tue–Thu 5–11pm; Fri, Sat 5pm–midnight; Sun 2–8pm
Transport: Subway: R to 77th St
Price: Average glass of wine: $10. MC, V
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4.5 / 5

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Kamila S

One of the spots to make a largely uncool neighborhood a super-cool one. They know their wine, the bartenders can carry a conversation on any cool topic, and the carefully curated selection of music and offbeat films is guaranteed to keep you entertained if you come alone. If you have a date - surprise! you'll be able to have a conversation: the spot is never too noisy to hear what your companion is saying. Oh, and their food rocks, too.


Unique wines and beers, something very different for the neighborhood and worth coming out of your way for. 

Christa Sully

Who knew a place like this existed in Bay Ridge? It's something you would find tucked away in the West Village, not off 74th Street, but I'm glad it's there. 

Owl's Head is a nice change of pace from the sports bars that line Bay Ridge and makes for a much better date spot or a night out with the girls. 

They had a strong wine selection with some lesser-known grapes, a full beer menu and some ciders. The food menu included a few bites, plus meat and cheese selections, i.e. exactly what you want with your wine. Staff was friendly and helpful, and it wasn't packed out on a Saturday night, so you could linger and not be rushed. 

Definitely a good spot to have in the area.